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cathartic

[kuh-thahr-tik] /kəˈθɑr tɪk/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to catharsis.
2.
Also, cathartical. evacuating the bowels; purgative.
noun
3.
a purgative.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin catharticus < Greek kathartikós fit for cleansing. See catharsis, -tic
Related forms
cathartically, adverb
catharticalness, noun
hypercathartic, adjective
noncathartic, adjective, noun
noncathartical, adjective
semicathartic, adjective
uncathartic, adjective
Synonyms
3. laxative, physic.
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British Dictionary definitions for noncathartical

cathartic

/kəˈθɑːtɪk/
adjective
1.
purgative
2.
effecting catharsis
noun
3.
a purgative drug or agent
Derived Forms
cathartically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for noncathartical
cathartic
1612, of medicines, from L. catharticus, from Gk. kathartikos "fit for cleansing, purgative," from katharsis "purging, cleansing" (see catharsis). General sense is from 1672.
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noncathartical in Medicine

cathartic ca·thar·tic (kə-thär'tĭk)
adj.
Inducing catharsis; purgative. n.
An agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative.

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